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Le Pen: The right takes step to build 'big European force'

Dec. 04, 2021 11:58 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European right-wing populist leaders declared Saturday they will cooperate more closely at the European Union's parliament in order to defend the sovereignty of their bloc's 27 member nations. A statement at the end of the meeting fell short of a...

Le Pen honors Jewish, Polish victims of WWII in Warsaw

Dec. 03, 2021 13:52 PM EST

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen paid her respects to Jewish and Polish victims of World World II on Friday, on the eve of a Warsaw gathering of right-wing European party leaders that she will attend. Saturday's meeting will be hosted by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the...

Food, gas prices pinch families as inflation surges globally

Nov. 29, 2021 12:25 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — From appliance stores in the United States to food markets in Hungary and gas stations in Poland, rising consumer prices fueled by high energy costs and supply chain disruptions are putting a pinch on households and businesses worldwide. Rising...

Europe's Christmas markets warily open as COVID cases rise

Nov. 25, 2021 12:10 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The holiday tree is towering over the main square in this central German city, the chestnuts and sugared almonds are roasted, and kids are clambering aboard the merry-go-round just like they did before the pandemic. But a surge in coronavirus infections has left an...

Central European nations back Poland in migration dispute

Nov. 23, 2021 11:25 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The leaders of three Central European countries on Tuesday expressed their solidarity with Poland in an ongoing migration crisis on its eastern border with Belarus, and urged the European Union to increase its support for the protection of the bloc's external...

Hungary opposition leader vows to restore western alliances

Nov. 19, 2021 02:41 AM EST

HODMEZOVASARHELY, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's opposition leader wants to restore his country's frayed ties with the West — and also has a message for American fans of right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban. "Let me state very strongly for all Americans that to be a part...

MTV EMAs show in Hungary highlights support for LGBTQ people

Nov. 14, 2021 19:04 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Pyrotechnics, elaborate costumes and aerial acrobatics ruled the night at the 2021 MTV European Music Awards show in Hungary's capital Sunday, a ceremony that was both a celebration of the year's biggest musical artists and a statement of support for LGBTQ people in...

EU calls for fines against Hungary over asylum policy

Nov. 12, 2021 09:20 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary could face fines from the European Union for failing to comply with a ruling by the bloc's top court on its treatment of refugees and handling of asylum claims. The European Commission, the 27-member bloc's executive arm, said in a...

Foreign citizens seek US-approved shots as travel resumes

Nov. 07, 2021 05:20 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — As COVID-19 ravaged Hungary in April, Budapest resident Akos Sipos received his second vaccine dose, believing he was doing the right thing for his own health and to help end the pandemic. But Sipos, 46, soon discovered that the vaccine he...

Central European nations seek South Korea train partnership

Nov. 04, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The leaders of four Central European nations met Thursday in Hungary’s capital, where they urged visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in to consider investing in a rapid train line connecting Budapest and Poland's capital, Warsaw. ...